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reader Ô Religion and the Decline of Magic Studies in popular beliefs in sixteenth and seventeenth century England ↠ Paperback read º horticulturetrader à ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Religion and theAstrology witchcraft magical healing divination ancient prophecies ghosts and fairies were taken very seriously by people at all social and economic levels in sixteenth and seventeenth century England Helplessness in the face of disease and human disaster helped to perpetuate this belief in magic and the supernatural As Keith Thomas shows England during these years resembled in many ways today's underdeveloped areas The English population was exceedingly liable to pain sickness and premature death; many were illiterate; ep Extraordinary Rightly considered a masterpiece in its field Packed full to bursting with primary sources that will fascinate and delight and with a thesis that seems pretty solid Highly recommended If magic is to be defined as the employment of ineffective techniues to allay anxiety when effective ones are not available then we must recognise that no society will ever be free from it

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Idemics such as the bubonic plague plowed through English towns at times cutting the number of London's inhabitants by a sixth; fire was a constant threat; the food supply was precarious; and for most diseases there was no effective medical remedy In this fascinating and detailed book Keith Thomas shows how magic like the medieval Church offered an explanation for misfortune and a means of redress in times of adversity The supernatural thus had its own practical utility in daily life Some forms of magic were challenged by Remembering Nancy Reagan consulting Indian astrologers Cheri Blair's friend's enthusiasm for crystal therapy or the British Royal Families continued support for Homoeopathy it's hard to feel convinced that the seventeenth century saw a decisive shift in attitudes away from a belief in magic and towards a scientific world viewThat minor point aside the book remains an amazing account of something of the intellectual life of seventeenth century England The description of the role of astrology in the battle for moral and public support during the civil war period was in particular very interesting

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Religion and the Decline of Magic Studies in popular beliefs in sixteenth and seventeenth century EnglandThe Protestant Reformation but only with the increased search for scientific explanation of the universe did the English people begin to abandon their recourse to the supernatural Science and technology have made us less vulnerable to some of the hazards which confronted the people of the past Yet Religion and the Decline of Magic concludes that if magic is defined as the employment of ineffective techniues to allay anxiety when effective ones are not available then we must recognize that no society will ever be free from Well I'm glad I bought this year when I was in Montreal I almost didn't but then I did I'm really glad I did In fact Penguin publishing ROCKS Never doubt themThomas chronicles in easy to read prose the conflict and change among beliefs in magic and religion during the Tudor and Stuart periods in EnglandWhile Thomas believes that the English Reformation had an impact on belief systems he also looks at the rise of education newspapers and science as well The book is split into sections moving from religion to magic to witches to ghosts and so on While a basic knowledge of Tudor and Stuart Britian is helpful in reading this book you do not have to be a sociology or history graduate student to understand the book In fact when I say basic I really mean basicThomas heavily footnotes his sources and this is wonderful Additionally he disabuses or challenges the beliefs we have today about some of the beliefs current in Tudor or Stuart times This is particularly helpful when considering facts about Shakespeare witches and people in generalA good read for anyone interested in the Tudors or Stuarts